Australia Zoo to get four new eco-cabins with crocodile views

Published Tuesday, 13 February, 2024 at 12:39 PM

Minister for Tourism and Sport
The Honourable Michael Healy

  • Four new two-story, two-bedroom eco-cabins to be built at Australia Zoo
  • Funded in part by Round One of the Growing Future Tourism Program
  • Five projects sharing in $15 million funding to boost tourism


Australia Zoo will get four new two-storey, two-bedroom eco-cabins overlooking a freshwater billabong inhabited by wildlife including freshwater crocodiles.

The family friendly eco-cabins will be fitted with premium fixtures including a plunge pool, heated floors and stone bathtubs.

There are currently 16 cabins, with the Crocodile Hunter Lodge Stage 4 development works to start in February this year.

The project has been part-funded by the $15 million first round of the Growing Future Tourism program.

Five projects will share in the $15 million funding round, leveraging $66.6 million in private investment, supporting an estimated 313 jobs during planning and construction and 669 ongoing operational jobs.

Collectively, these projects will attract more than 216,000 extra visitors per year, spending an additional $63 million.

Queensland Government funding will contribute towards the overall cost of the five projects, together with private funding.

The five projects are due to reach practical completion by 30 June 2026.

Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Michael Healy:

“The Growing Future Tourism program is delivering new tourism opportunities in Queensland,” said Mr Healy.

“Projects like this, in partnership with private enterprise, will help us reach our ambitious goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to more than $44 billion per year by 2032.”

Quotes attributable to Caloundra MP Jason Hunt:

“Australia Zoo and the Irwin family are world-renowned for their connection to wildlife and tourism in Queensland.

“Who wouldn’t want to stay in a luxury eco-cabin on a billabong with freshwater crocodiles?

“This investment will help attract more tourists to the Sunshine Coast so they can check out the zoo, our wonderful beaches and bush, and the quality restaurants and tourism experiences – that means more jobs for locals.”

Quotes attributable to Australia Zoo Wildlife Conservationist Terri Irwin:

“We would like to thank the Queensland Government for their support in helping us expand The Crocodile Hunter Lodge, Australia Zoo’s stunning luxury accommodation.

“We’re thrilled to begin construction on the next set of cabins, creating an exceptional experience for guests in their cherished home away from home.

“The Crocodile Hunter Lodge offers a unique experience as guests are surrounded by beautiful wildlife and the natural environment, receiving plenty of inclusions in their stay such as unlimited entry to Australia Zoo, complimentary breakfast at our fine-dining venue, Warrior Restaurant & Bar, exclusive access to the Lodge’s infinity pool and more.

“It’s a harmonious blend of luxury and nature, made possible by the support of the Queensland Government.”